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13 Tips for Getting the Wedding Venue of Your Dreams on a Budget

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March 30, 2017 · 3.4k Views

Wedding season is nearing, and for those couples who want their dream venue for a fair price, this is the article for you. We're sharing great tips on how to get the ideal venue for a more affordable price, simply by making a few considerations and changes that can make all the difference. Check them out!

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13 Tips for Getting the Wedding Venue of Your Dreams on a Budget

1. Get married off-season.

winter wedding

Source: Emily Clarke Events

If getting married at your dream venue is most important, say your nupitals off-season. You'll be amazed by how much money you can save on everything - not just the venue. 


2. Avoid getting married on a Saturday.

Saturday is the most popular day to get married for various reasons, but because of this, it is also the most expensive day to get married. If you book the venue on a Friday or Saturday, you'll see a dramatic drop in costs because weddings are more infrequent on these days and they'd rather have the venue booked than not.


3. Have a morning wedding.

morning wedding

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Now if you must get married on a Saturday, do a morning ceremony and hold a brunch or lunch for your reception. It maybe a little bit more stressful to wake up extra early for preparations, but it can save a lot of money. A brunch or lunch is also cheaper than serving dinner.


4. Limit yourself to just one venue.

Find venues that will allow you to have the ceremony and reception, instead of paying for two separate venues for both occasions. It will save a lot of money and time (and your guests will be happy that they won't have to drive somewhere else for your reception!).


5. Find a venue in a small town.


Source: www.thebarnathatcreekranch.com

Have you looked at venues outside of the big city? You might find a venue that you love even more, and for a smaller price tag. Driving a bit of the distance out into the suburbs or closer to a ranch for a venue gives you a better chance to score better deals.


6. Don't mention "wedding" until after you've been quoted.

It's unfortunate, but many companies will drastically increase the price of whatever you're asking for once you mention the word "wedding." It's like a tax that an engaged couple can't seem to avoid, so make sure you negotiate and arrive prepared before you meet with vendors and the like.


7. Ask around.

backyard wedding

Source: Jillian Harris

Maybe your aunt has a gorgeous home with an even more gorgeous backyard, and ask her if she'd be willing to let you use her space to hold your wedding. You can say that would be your wedding gift from her. This is simply an example, but the point is asking your friends and family for spaces, services (i.e. asking your photographer friend to be your photographer for cheap or free), and help can save a lot of money in the long run.


8. Prioritize.

If having your dream venue is at the top of your list, make sure you budget for the rest of your wedding expenses. If food is your top priority, make sure you're not spending more than you should on your venue, flowers, etc. Know what you want and in what order you prefer them, and achieving your dream wedding won't be that difficult.


9. Rent the appropriate amount of space.

venue space

Source: The Knot

Basically, don't over-rent the venue space. If you're only expecting 100 guests, don't rent a venue that accommodates 400 people because you will be paying for the extra room.


10. Ask to pay in full to save.

Ask if the venue is willing to accept payment in full in exchange for a discount instead of the typical down payment first then pay the rest later. Of course, make sure everything is crystal clear and includes a plan just in case something goes wrong before or on the day of your wedding.


11. Provide your own alcohol.

wedding bar

Source: What It Costs

If you plan to serve alcohol at your reception, if it's allowed, bring your own beer, wine, and liquor instead of accepting the packages that the venue provides. They'll usually charge more than the actual value of the alcohol, so buying your own (especially in bulk) will save you a ton of money.


12. Look around for new venues.

New venues may offer special discounts to try to get people familiar with the new space. In this case, you can save money on a newly designed area that might cost more than you can afford a few years down the road. Do your research to survey all your options before you commit.


13. Have a shorter reception.

wedding reception

Source: The Knot

Does anyone really stay for the entire reception? Guests are trickling out the exit throughout the night, so if you shorten your reception by an hour, not many people will notice. You can save money on the cost of the venue as well as the DJ or band, open bar, photographer, videographer, etc.

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